Legislative Update: Bills Numbered (1/31/12)

Aloha!  Here is an updated list of some of the bills, including links to their status, which I have introduced or am supporting in 2012:

Education

Teacher Shortages (SB 3071/HB 2706) – support for the Ho`okulaiwi program, which trains teachers for hard-to-staff schools

Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds for schools in 2011-’12 Budget (HB 200, 2011):

. power upgrade for Kamaile Elementary ($800,000)

. architectural barrier removal for Wai’anae HS ($1.3 mil)

. repair Nanakuli HS & Intermediate leaking gym roof (part of $2.3 mil federal grant)

. repair and maintenance for all Wai’anae Coast schools – Kamaile, Leihoku, Maili, Makaha, Nanakuli (El, HS/Inter) and Wai’anae (El, Inter, HS) — funded by federal “Race To The Top” program ($1.7 mil)

. design for new Nanakuli Public Library ($1.075 mil)

Transportation

Disabled Veterans’ Exemption (SB 103) – exempt totally and permanently disabled veterans from motor vehicle registration fees

Disabled Placards (SB 1119) – allow disabled persons to receive second removable windshield placard

Makaha Bridges (HB 200, 2011) – $1.3m construction of bridges near Makaha Beach Park

Farrington Highway (HB 200, 2011) – resurfacing, Kili Dr. to Satellite Tracking Station ($10.9 mil)

Harbors (HB 200, 2011) – construction funds may be available through lump sum allocation for improvements statewide at boating and ocean recreation facilities ($7.5 mil)

Health

Community Inspectors (SB 2303) – empower County mayors to appoint, in cooperation with neighborhood boards, volunteer pollution inspection advisors to Department of Health in matters relating to landfills and similar facilities

Community Give-Back (SB 2302) – add a community giveback fee to fines for violations of health and safety regulations levied against landfills and other industrial sites

Landfill Ban (SB 2907/HB 1665) – Place a moratorium on new landfills on the Waianae Coast in the interest of environmental justice; prohibit all landfills from accepting municipal solid waste after dates to be determined (SB 1425)

Medicaid for Disabled – Urge an audit of the state’s QExA health insurance program for disabled patients

Housing

Compost Toilets (SB 2640/HB 2778– eliminate or mitigate legal prohibitions against septic tanks, compost toilets and other “green” alternative wastewater systems which will bring down the cost of housing

“Off-the-Grid” housing (SB 2639/HB 2634) – Increase the amount of infrastructure-free vacant Hawaiian Homestead lots granted to DHHL beneficiaries to create more affordable, “aina-based” opportunities for Native Hawaiians.

Homeless Services/Shelters (HB 200, 2011) – approx. $15m per year for the next two years, including $1.6 million for shelter support contracts & 3 new shelters, including Wai’anae

Energy & Environment

Tire Bill (SB 3006) – establish a $1 per imported tire deposit program aimed at increasing funds to combat illegal tire dumping

Environmental Justice (SB 107) – constitutional amendment to reaffirm and strengthen state’s commitment to environmental rights

GMO Awareness – urge “GMO-Free” labeling on produce, fish, meats, and other non-processed foods. (Note: GMO = genetically modified organism; referring to food which has been produced using gene-splicing and other scientific lab-based genetic engineering)

Hawaiian

Hawaiian Immersion (SB 3009/HB 2875– Hawaii state assessment tests for 5th & 6th grade Hawaiian immersion students shall be given in Hawaiian rather than English; resolution urging increased parity between “English as a Second Language” and “Hawaiian as a Second Language” programs.

E Ala Voyaging Canoe (HB 200, 2011) – plan & design E Ala voyaging canoe ocean education center in Wai’anae ($500,000)

Indigenous Rights (SB 3007) – rename Discoverer’s Day as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day”

Ocean & Beaches

Pollution Prevention (SB 2906/HB 2825) – authorize use of jet skis for ocean-related community clean ups

Lifeguards (HB 1406) – create new collective bargaining unit for water safety officers

Crime & Public Safety

Sex Abuse (SB 2588/HB 2139) – lengthen the statute of limitations for child sex abuse civil suits (Note: The Governor vetoed SB 217 on 7/12/11; the HD1 version will be re-introduced in 2012 with a new number)

Witness Identification of Suspects (SB 2304) – improve fairness in current system of identification of suspects by eye-witnesses

Flood Mitigation (HB 200, 2011) – 3 projects funded in HB 200: Lualualei Flats/Puhawai Stream ($2 mil); Farrington Hwy between Maili & Nanakuli ($8 mil); Lahilahi St. ($1 mil)

Parental Responsibility (SB 216) – encourage parental responsibility by creating misdemeanor offense for inadequate supervision of a minor

Dog Tethering (SB 1424) – create an offense of confinement of a dog by tethering

Ka`ena Point Radio Facility (HB 200, 2011) – $1m for one of 9 sites statewide as part of program to improve critical communication systems

Access to Legal Services & Court System

Abandonment of Children & Families (SB 3008/HB 2780– allow service of custody, adoption, guardianship, TRO, and other family-related petitions via posting on Family Court bulletin board when opposing side’s whereabouts are unknown

Arbitration (SB 1488) – Authorizes a default ruling against any party to an arbitration who fails to pay the arbitration fees or costs directed by an arbitrator or arbitration organization.

Business and Economic Development

Job Training (HB 200, 2011) – Funding for LCC’s Wai’anae Education Center at the Tycom Building in Maili ($3 mil)

Waianae Agriculture Park (HB 200, 2011) – $550,000 for design and construction

Sandy Beach/Tourist Attraction Preservation (SB 2908/HB 2779) – improve protection of beaches and coastline through better coordination between state and county programs: Coastal Zone Management (CZM), Special Management Areas (SMA), etc.

Sand Theft (SB 2305/HB 2396) – eliminate the “one gallon per person per day” rule allowing people to take sand from beaches

TO CHECK FOR BILL STATUS VISIT WWW.CAPITOL.HAWAII.GOV or 21maile.com. Call my office at 586-7793 if you have any questions or concerns.

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Richard “Buffalo” Keaulana, Napoleons, Prof. Jon Van Dyke to Be Honored at 2012 Hawaiian Civic Club Holoku Ball

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Hawaiian Language Immersion Bill (HB2875) to Be Heard Feb. 8

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HB 2875 (companion to SB 3009), requires that HI State Assessment Tests (HSA) for Hawaiian Language Immersion students in grades 3-6 be given in Hawaiian rather than English.

It will be heard by the House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, chaired by Rep. Faye Hanohano, on Wednesday, February 8 at 8:30 AM in Rm 329. You may submit testimony either in person, online (type “hb2875” in the box), or by e-mail at HAWtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov

Please support this bill and spread the word. Mahalo to Kalehua Krug for suggesting this important measure to Sen. Shimabukuro.

Link to the bill: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2875

OHA hosts second series of community meetings on land settlement proposal

HONOLULU   (Jan. 31, 2012) – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) will hold a second round of community meetings to inform its beneficiaries of the latest updates on the Kakaʻako land settlement proposal.

The tentative land deal proposed by Governor Abercrombie would give OHA 30 acres of property in Kakaʻako valued at an estimated $200 million.

If approved by the legislature, this agreement will finally resolve claims relating to OHA’s share of public land trust revenues from November 7, 1978 to June 30, 2012.

At the February community meetings, OHA will provide a status update on the Kakaʻako land settlement proposal.  The public is invited to attend any of the eleven informational meetings that will be held in communities   statewide.

Līhuʻe, Kauaʻi
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wilcox Elementary School
4319 Hardy St., Līhuʻe, HI  96766

Kapolei, Oʻahu
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Office
91-5420 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, HI  96707

Honolulu, Oʻahu
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Stevenson Middle School
1202 Prospect St., Honolulu, HI  96822

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Landfill Community Give Back Bill to Be Heard Feb. 2; Chartered Bus Available for Wai`anae Coast Residents

SB 2302, a bill which creates a “Community Giveback” fee for solid waste violators, is being heard jointly by Sen. Will Espero’s Public Safety (PGM) and Sen. Mike Gabbard’s Energy and Environment (ENE) Committees this Thursday, Feb. 2, at 3:30 in Rm 224.  It is the last of 4 bills on the agenda.

You can find the agenda, a link to the bill, and a link to providing testimony at: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2012/hearingnotices/HEARING_ENE-PGM_02-02-12_.htm

You can come and testify in person or send your testimony by e-mail to: ENEtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov

A chartered bus is being sponsored by the Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Parent Teacher Student Association (NHIS-PTSA) for residents who would like to testify on SB 2302 on 2/2/12 at 3pm at the State Capitol.  The bus will be leaving the NHIS football stadium parking lot around 1:30 – 2:00 pm.  Anyone interested in riding the bus must email Kimo Kelii at Kimokelii@aol.com.  [Note: As of 2/1/12 at 2:45pm, there are 23 people signed up to ride the bus; capacity is 60 people.]
 
Mahalo to Kimo Kelii for suggesting this excellent measure to Sen. Shimabukuro.  Please support this bill, and spread the word!

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Pacific American Foundation Fundraiser March 21

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Aloha, Please support Pacific American Foundation (grant recipient for EPA CARE Ka Wai Ola O Waianae project) in this fundraiser.  Golfers and volunteers are needed.

If you know someone can support/participate in Pacific American Foundation’s Fundraiser Golf Tournament, please sign up or forward this invitation to a Golfer.

To register online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PAF_Golf_Tournament_2012
To pay online: http://www.thepaf.org/donations.php
For further information, call Mel Date, 808. 263-0084
email: mdate@thepaf.org
fax: 808. 263-0082

Mahalo!
Leslie Kahihikolo, Project Director
Pacific American Foundation

Pasteles & Cupcakes for Sale